Google are aiming to disrupt the smartphone game with Project Ara. Being announced some time ago before disappearing, Project Ara is back. This device will be a customizable smartphone. Google have been able to work through some of the issues and release a version for testing later this year. It is hoped that a version for consumers will be available next year.
Google announced a new device for your home, the Google Home. In short, the Google Home is a wifi connected speaker that appears to be a first generation personal assistant. Mario Queiroz, the executive behind the project. Queiroz was in charge of the Chromecast.
The Google Home is a competitor to Amazon’s Echo. For starters, it’s a speaker that’s always listening, can play music and can connect you to services like Google Assistant, Gmail, Google calendar, Google Play music and other Google Cast services (Such as Spotify). The device can communicate with a Chromecast to play music or stream video through your television.
The plan is to work with Google to create a cinema quality camera that can record original content. The programs are set to be fully immersive experiences that will be more entertaining than the home devices currently on the market.
Garmin has upgraded their Vivosmart HR fitness tracker to the Viviosmart HR+. The difference between the two fitness trackers is a built-in GPS. Runners will be able to track their runs with accuracy. The running metrics that Garmin’s Forerunner watches (Such as the Forerunner 235 and the 630) will be available on the Vivosmart HR+. It’s not that much of an upgrade, but if you’re a runner or a walker looking for more information on your exercise, it’s a welcome addition.
Google IO 2016 and the Dawn of Coming Tech
Hype has been building over Google’s potential releases for the next year. As expected, we got a peak at their VR platform Daybreak, as well as Google Home. We also caught a peek at Google Assistant, a conversational two-way dialogue meant to improve the usability of Google across the board.
Smartphones are becoming the primary way we use cameras today. But if you need something a little extra, Pictar has you covered. It is a piece of hardware you connect to your iPhone to take incredible pictures and videos.
It works by creating a full use camera out of a piece of outer hardware attaching to your iPhone. With Pictar you get the experience of a DSLR camera, with fully integrated features and special extras that make it something entirely different and new.
Facebook has found itself making headlines the past few days due to its Trending Topics space. Word started spreading that the social media platform was artificially inserting stories with a liberal bias. Facebook denies this and released its guidelines concerning what stories are shown to be trending.
In short, the Facebook guidelines for Trending Topics are found by an algorithm and reviewed by the Trending Topics team. The Trending Topics are then personalized for the user. In this section, a range of media sources is given for the user to browse as they wish. There’s also an ability to search for different topics that don’t show up in the section.